Goals, Goals, Goals: How I Wish I Was Talking About Soccer by Gina Fluharty
It’s January which means most of us are thinking about goals: goals for weight-loss, goals for the day job, goals for what we love and wish to achieve and how to get there. We Janes are talking about our goals for our writing careers.
I work in Corporate America so I should be well versed in goal setting and enjoy it. I don’t. I loathe it. I despise it to the extent that I don’t want to even think about it as it relates to my writing. Numbers don’t make the woman but that’s what Corporate America is all about these days; metrics, measurable achievements with very little thought to the relationship. All hail the golden number. I’d rather light that number on fire and chase after it with a rusty blade, stabbing it and prodding it forward when it would rather fall to the ground and die in peace.
Now, that’s not to say that I don’t set goals for my writing on a daily or weekly basis. I do. And I usually knock them out of the park. But those just don’t seem as daunting as thinking about my plans for the whole of 2014 right now. So here it is—the bare numbers. I’ve written two books in two years. It takes me about five months to complete a novel. I know. You’re doing the math right now, aren’t you? If I can write a novel in five months, why haven’t I completed four books in two years?
The reasons are various, sundry and valid. And my own which leads me to the point of this. My goal for 2014 is to complete TWO novels. Those two books in addition to the one of 2013 will complete a trilogy and give me a nice start for my back-list.
When I hit my goals for the day job (and I always do because I’m an over-achiever) I am rewarded with a bonus and a raise. That should apply in this case, as well, yes? Upon completion of that second novel—most likely by this time next year—I will reward myself with a weekend at the coast. If I fail in this relatively modest task, I will refrain from buying shoes and hand bags for the whole of 2015. That may not seem like a big deal to some of you but those that know me have already cringed.
So what are your goals? How are you going to get there and what will your reward be?